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DOMO Chemicals appoints Yves Bonte as CEO and Chairman of the Board

February 04/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- DOMO Chemicals, a global leading player in engineering nylon materials towards sustainable solutions, has announced its transition plan for the function of Chief Executive Officer, as per the company's press release.

The Board of Directors of DOMO has appointed Yves Bonte to succeed current CEO Alex Segers during February, 2020. Mr. Segers has held the CEO position at DOMO since the Company started its chemical activities in 1994 and will continue to play a key role in the transformation of Solvays European Performance Polyamide and DOMO into one company. Closing of the acquisition of Solvays European performance Polyamide Business by DOMO took place on January 31st.

Alex Segers commented, "I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with the DOMO team over the past twenty-six years, which has really been an incredible journey. We are now entering the next level for the company by integrating very soon the European Performance Polyamides Business from Solvay. In Yves we have found the ideal person to pass the baton to. We look forward to a seamless transition."

Gregory De Clerck, Managing Director of Domo Investment Group and Member of the Board of DOMO Chemicals commented, "I would personally like to thank Alex for his leadership in the successful growth and transformation of DOMO from an upstream nylon 6 specialist into a full integrated engineering materials company developing innovative and sustainable solutions in the Polyamide Industry. We are excited to welcome Yves Bonte to DOMO as the new CEO and Chairman of DOMO Chemicals. We believe he is the ideal person to lead the next chapter of the Companys growth and transformation process. Alex will continue to significantly contribute to the success of new DOMO."

Yves Bonte joins DOMO from Yara, the leading fertilizer company and a provider of environmental solutions where he held the role of Executive Vice President Industrial recently named New Business since January 2010, and was responsible for a business generating appr. 20% of Yaras total revenue of 12.9 billion USD. Prior to Yara, he held a variety of business leadership, commercial and operations roles at Lyondell Basel and Exxon Chemicals. Since 2018 Yves is as Board Member of DOMO.

"I have a true passion for innovation and sustainability, and I am thrilled to join DOMO as its next CEO," Yves Bonte commented. "The Company has established itself as a leader in sustainable polyamide based on its strong technology-driven product portfolio with a solid foundation to further build upon. I believe DOMO is uniquely positioned to support its customers manufacturing processes in a cost effective and sustainable manner. The recently announced long-term strategy and planned investment will position DOMO to reach new levels of growth and success."

As MRC informed earlier, on January 31, 2020, BASF, the world's petrochemical major, closed the acquisition of Solvay's polyamide (PA 6.6) business. The transaction broadens BASF's polyamide capabilities with innovative and well-known products such as Technyl. This will allow BASF to support its customers with even better engineering plastics solutions, e.g., for autonomous driving and e-mobility. The transaction also enhances the company's access to growth markets in Asia as well as in North and South America.

We remind that, as MRC wrote earlier, BASF has restarted its No. 1 steam cracker following a maintenance turnaorund. Thus, the company resumed operations at the plant on September 30, 2019. The plant was shut for maintenance in mid-August, 2019. Located at Ludwigshafen in Germany, the No. 1 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 235,000 mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 125,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).

Domo Chemicals, based in Leuna, Germany, is a leading  highly integrated Caprolactam/nylon6 company serving a global and broad customer base with high quality products in the field of nylon intermediates (Phenol, Cyclohexanone, Caprolactam), nylon 6 polymers, engineering plastics, fertilizers, nylon 6 packaging film and distribution of petrochemical products.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, poliamid, BASF, Domo Chemicals, Solvay, Polyamide PA66, Germany, Russia.
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